COVID New York City update: Manhattan judge rules vaccine mandate invalid for PBA members

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — A judge has ruled that New York City’s COVID vaccine mandate is invalid because it applies to members of the Police Benevolent Association.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank ruled that the city cannot fire PBA members for failing to vaccinate, instead suggesting that the city make vaccination requirements part of the PBA’s contract.

“There’s no question that the Department of Health has the authority to issue vaccine mandates, that’s not in this court,” Lyles said.

He said all PBA members fired or put on furlough because of that mandate should be reinstated.

“This decision confirms what we have said from the beginning: the vaccine mandate was an inappropriate infringement of our members’ right to make personal medical decisions in consultation with their own healthcare professionals. We will continue to fight to protect those rights, PBA So said President Patrick Lynch.

New York City says it will “immediately appeal” the ruling.

“There is no question that the Ministry of Health has the authority to issue vaccine mandates, that is not before this court,” a spokesperson for the legal department said in a statement.

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